Judaism Unbound Episode 78: Burning Man

Judaism Unbound Episode 78: Burning Man

Judaism Unbound is a show I’ve been following for a while. It’s the most outside-the-box Judaism podcast I know about, and the most broadly relevant. Any kind of group or organization trying to find its way into the 21st century can benefit from the deep inquiry Dan and Lex are doing into Judaism to that end, as deeply Jewish as their inquiry is.

This year, they decided to do a topical miniseries about Burning Man in the run-up to the event to try to figure out why so many Jews are into it and what Judaism could learn from us, what we do out there, and why. I was honored to be a guest on the introductory episode to that miniseries, along with my friend, Allie.

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All Ritual Is Radical

Fun is real, and it’s vital. It can even be spiritual, as long as you don’t get attached to it and forget that it will — eventually — end. In a world desperately attached to fun, Burners have found a way to make their fun a little more fulfilling: by throwing in some death practice. They do it by bringing their fun out to an inhospitably extreme environment, and then they try to see how much fun they can still have without dying.

It’s precisely that experience of extremes which leads to what might somewhat ironically be called the real spirituality of Burning Man. It’s a spirituality of instinctual responses, not religious rules.

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Accuracy Third S02E05: It Was Cold & It Was Very Blinky Out.

It was a pleasure to be a guest on the canonical podcast of Burning Man’s oral history.

Burning Man’s Publisher, Jon, calls in to Accuracy Third from Israel, because that’s where he is. D-Day, Rex, & Beth hear a bit about Israel’s regional burn, Midburn, before we delve into the inner workings of the seasonal nature of being a Burning Man employee. Believe it or not, they’ve got a nonstandard corporate culture there. We also get a great story on how Black Rock City is objectively better than the streets of San Francisco, plus you’ll hear how you can get your very own job with the Burning Man Organization.

On Tu Bishvat, Jews plant trees the government will uproot — The Jerusalem Post

On Tu Bishvat, Jews plant trees the government will uproot — The Jerusalem Post

“Trees are a symbol of your connection to a place,” said Jon Mitchell, 29, during a break from digging. “When we put trees down somewhere, we’ve made a statement about our relationship to that land. The longer the tree grows, the more durable that relationship becomes.”

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Why I’m an (Almost) Everyday Apple Watch Wearer

Why I’m an (Almost) Everyday Apple Watch Wearer

I have the original 42mm Apple Watch Sport in space gray. I wear it every day except Shabbat and absolutely love it. I get tons of questions about whether I like it and how I use it from people who see me wearing it. I also read a fair amount of skepticism about Apple Watch, particularly in the iOS developer world, so I want to describe my usage of it and make a case for why it’s a uniquely powerful new form of computer for enhancing daily life.

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